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New community hub opens its doors in Small Heath

A new community hub, specialising in addiction recovery, will open its doors at Small Heath Health Centre, in Birmingham, tomorrow (February 21).

The Addiction Recovery Community Hub (ARCH) for east Birmingham, located in Chapman Road, Small Heath, will be officially opened by Sue Davis CBE, Chair of Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, at 12 noon.

The ARCH east open day aims to raise awareness of drug and alcohol services and reduce stigma around mental illness within the local community.

Sue said: “Services such as ARCH are crucial for helping people towards full recovery and abstinence, by providing the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time, and I am proud to be a part of the recovery event at the east Birmingham hub.

“This will bring together staff, service users and colleagues from partner agencies to promote the role of treatment for people with drug and alcohol problems within the recovery agenda.”

As well as finding out more about ARCH services, there will be performances from local artists including poet Spicy Fingers and saxophonist Andy Gayle.

The Trust’s addictions services operate out of four hubs that cover different areas of Birmingham, where teams offer a wide range of treatment and support services to both drug and alcohol users.

Nick Maiden, ARCH east Team Manager, said: ““Our service users have often had difficult lives and have responded to traumas and other problems by resorting to using substances.

“ARCH positively supports people on their journey to recovery so that they may put something back into the community by providing a safe environment in which to receive both medical and psychosocial support.”

The open day will run a full programme of activities and entertainment from 10.30am to 3.30pm.